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Ten dead in Amsterdam plane crash

Ten people died and at least 80 were injured when a Turkish Airlines plane with 134 people aboard slammed into a field and broke into three pieces while attempting to land at Amsterdam’s main airport.

world Updated: Feb 25, 2009 23:15 IST

Ten people died and at least 80 were injured when a Turkish Airlines plane with 134 people aboard slammed into a field and broke into three pieces while attempting to land at Amsterdam’s main airport on Wednesday.

There had been seven crew on board.

Flight TK1951 left Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport at 8:22 a.m. (0622 GMT) bound for Amsterdam. The Boeing 737-800 crashed next to a runway at Schiphol Airport, police spokesman Jaap Hage told The Associated Press.

Last month, all 155 people on board a US Airways Airbus A320 survived a crash landing in the Hudson River after striking a flock of birds.

Dutch television images showed police and rescue workers swarming around the wreckage and ambulances rushing to and from the scene. Both of the plane’s engines were torn off and lay around 100 metres from the remains of the fuselage.

The plane was in three sections lying close together and emergency workers were moving in and out of the front entrance, an AP photographer at the scene said.

Injured survivors were being transported to nearby hospitals and other survivors were being taken to a sport hall to be reunited with relatives.

Frank van den Bos, a spokesman for the Amsterdam Medical Center, told NOS television the hospital was treating seven injured passengers. “Three are lightly injured and four are serious or very serious,” he said.

There was no sign the plane had caught fire after the crash.

The Dutch government said it had no details of casualties. “Our thoughts go out to the people who were in the plane and of course also to those who are now waiting in uncertainty to hear about the fate of their loved ones,” a statement said. “Many families in the Netherlands and also in Turkey are waiting in fear.”

There was no immediate word on what caused the crash, which happened in slightly misty weather with little wind.

A reporter for Dutch NOS news said the plane appeared to have hit the field some 3 kilometres short of the runway. Wim Kok, a spokesman for the Dutch Anti-Terror Coordinator’s office, said terrorism did not appear to be a factor.

“There are no indications whatsoever (of a terror attack),” Kok said. There was no sign the plane had caught fire after the crash.